What happened to Cole?

Age: 19

Cole is a runaway who joined the ranks of male prostitutes at only 15 when an older man offered him a safe home for minor favors. Cole reached out to friends many times, but was met with their homophobia and the notion that “guys can’t be trafficked” because they are stronger than women.

Cole finally escaped the house when he was 20 but after two years free, he cannot seem to have a loving or stable relationship with anyone.


Thank you for coming to see Traffick at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. We welcome you to continue the discussion on sex slavery in our community by sharing your experience in the comments.

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